Explore Manuel Antonio National Park during your volunteer experience in Costa Rica

voluntariado costa rica capuchinoManuel Antonio National Park is a must-visit for nature lovers and national park enthusiasts. It’s the most visited park in Costa Rica, despite being the smallest of them all.

This wilderness area is located on the Pacific coast of the country, in the province of Puntarenas. It is about 157 km south of San José by road and 7 km south of the town of Quepos. The warm beaches and the greenery of the forest come together in one place, resulting in a natural paradise. In addition to beaches, the park has a very humid tropical forest where species of flora and fauna endangered coexist. Among the ecosystems that make it up are mangroves, marine environments, islands, and small rivers.

With such a varied ecosystem, many species of animals are found here. So, while visiting the park, keep your eyes wide open to spot two and three-toed sloths, frogs, snakes, lizards, poisonous frogs, and even hummingbirds! And if you also hope to see primates, Manuel Antonio National Park is the place to be. This park is home to squirrel monkeys, white-faced capuchin monkeys, and howler monkeys that live up to their name by making a lot of noise.

Visit Manuel Antonio National Park during an international volunteer program

What beaches can I visit in the national park?voluntariado costa rica playa

In the heart of this stunning natural setting is one of Costa Rica’s most emblematic beaches, Playa Manuel Antonio. With the jungle very close and beautiful emerald-colored waters, this white sand beach is perfect for relaxing and refreshing in its waters. Since hundreds of visitors enter Manuel Antonio National Park daily and the beach is not excessively large, overcrowding is usually the dominant note.

But Playa Manuel Antonio is not the only option for taking a dip in the national park. In addition to this, within the park, there are also Puerto Escondido and Espadilla Sur beaches. The first, as its name indicates, is the most hidden and relaxed of all the beaches. It is located in a 650-meter-long cove, creating an amazing landscape. Espadilla Sur is about 3.5 kilometers long and is surrounded by vegetation. Due to its length, it is usually not too crowded, allowing you to enjoy a soothing afternoon. Undoubtedly, these will be your moments of rest from the adventure of your international volunteer experience.

Animals you can’t miss on the park visit

voluntariado costa rica perezosoAlthough we have previously introduced the fauna inhabiting this natural jewel, there are two animals that tourists seek the most to observe and photograph. Within Manuel Antonio National Park, two species of Costa Rica’s most iconic animal, the two-toed and three-toed sloths, coexist. If you want to see this animal in its natural habitat, this national park is the ideal place to do it. How many of them will you see during your volunteer experience in Costa Rica?

On the other hand, this park is home to the white-faced capuchin monkey. During the walk along the trails, you can find them crossing these trails or jumping in the trees. This animal is an endangered species due to the imminent disappearance of its natural habitat. And did you know? Capuchin monkeys have learned to steal food and backpacks from tourists!

Don’t hesitate anymore! Dare to discover Costa Rica by volunteering in America and getting to know its inhabitants, flora, and fauna up close. We’re waiting for you!

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Our volunteers will be able to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

What does volunteering focused on university practices involve?

At Cooperating Volunteers, we make agreements with different universities to validate university credits with the aim of traveling in a more responsible and economical way.

The specialties we work with are extensive: medical volunteering, nursing, education, social work, psychology, physiotherapy, engineering, architecture…

The practices can be carried out in our designated destinations for this purpose, as well as in Spain.

If you choose an international destination, it’s a unique way to live an unforgettable and enriching experience, as you will have the opportunity to continue your education in another country, with a completely different culture.

Stepping out of our comfort zone and being part of the various projects at the destination will allow us to grow both personally and professionally, creating a more extensive curriculum.

And we are fully convinced that this experience will accompany you throughout your life.

You will be able to visit hospitals, schools, centers, orphanages, and participate directly and actively in the daily lives of all those people at the destination, always accompanied by other professionals willing to collaborate hand in hand with you and guide you in daily tasks.

If your university is not part of the agreement with Cooperating Volunteers, you can contact cristina@cooperatingvolunteers.com so that we can get in touch and make this experience a reality. 


Corporate volunteering consists of tailored programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills.

It is proven that teamwork directly impacts productivity. 

Collective effort surpasses individual capabilities, promotes diversity of skills, stimulates creativity, and facilitates problem-solving in the face of various challenges.

Therefore, it not only maximizes efficiency but also enriches the work environment.

We conduct corporate volunteering programs that consist of customized programs for your company, designed to develop teamwork skills, improve performance, and foster unity among employees.

We tailor projects to the corporate identity and size of the company, and we can adjust them to any destination and time of the year.

The advantages of corporate volunteering include:

  • Improving communication.
  • Group unity.
  • Cultural integration in different situations.
  • Employee training.
  • Increased Corporate Social Responsibility.

The future is aligned with a more responsible society, and participating in social projects positions our company among the list of revolutionary businesses that want to be part of the change.

If you resonate with this message, corporate volunteering is a unique experience both individually and collectively, and at Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the process to make it a unique journey.


Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. 

Spending quality time with family and being able to disconnect from our hectic routines is not only enriching but also necessary.

Sometimes we forget to communicate, connect, and dedicate time to each other. Each one of us lives focused on our jobs, schools… And it’s necessary to find the opportunity to pause and take care of ourselves.

Quality time spent with family strengthens emotional bonds, promotes communication, and contributes to the emotional well-being of its members. And of course, it creates lifelong positive memories.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we suggest moving away from those ‘more superficial’ trips (which can also be fantastic), but we invite you to live this experience to bring out our most empathetic and humanitarian side.

Family volunteering gives us the opportunity to be part of a positive impact, promoting values of solidarity and social responsibility.

There are many families who choose to experience these trips focused on cooperation and direct involvement with different communities around the world, where living conditions are very different and sometimes entirely precarious.

Projects are tailored to different ages, allowing us to work together.

An incredible way to fill our suitcase with memories, learning, and knowledge.

And although stepping out of our comfort zone often feels daunting, we assure you firsthand that it’s worth it.

At Cooperating Volunteers, we accompany you throughout the entire experience, from start to finish, to make it unforgettable.


At Cooperating Volunteers, we believe it’s never too late for anything, especially for volunteering and living a unique and unforgettable experience.

There are many people, increasingly so, who opt for responsible travel that involves social work.

Accustomed to organized and mostly touristic trips, at Cooperating Volunteers, we want to advocate for a more enriching experience, one that transforms us from within and allows us to be part of the change the world needs to see.

We can adapt both the destination and the duration of our projects to fit your needs.

It’s an opportunity full of emotions that allows us to significantly contribute to different communities and their evolution. And you can participate in different areas such as education, social support, or assistance in different centers.

Some of the benefits include:

  • Sense of purpose: Provides a sense of purpose by contributing your skills and experiences to meaningful causes.
  • Emotional well-being: Reduces feelings of isolation and establishes social connections.
  • Personal development: It’s continuous learning, skill development, and discovering new activities while keeping the mind-body active.
  • Physical health: Keeping active.
  • Stress reduction: The act of helping others reduces stress and contributes to mental health.

Living this experience will undoubtedly be a before and after. 


A volunteering initiative with leadership and impact through the educational action program.

When we talk about social volunteering, we refer to all those actions and activities carried out altruistically, selflessly, and with the aim of addressing multiple problems and needs of different communities, always focused on education and self-sufficiency.

Education is essential because it provides the tools and knowledge necessary for personal, social, and economic development.

Our goal is to create self-sufficient communities and provide opportunities for the future personal development of each member. The message is not to ‘give’, but to accompany in the process of training for self-managed provision.

At Cooperating Volunteers, many of our destinations and projects embrace this type of volunteering. Some of our projects include: community programs, education, women’s empowerment…

And although they are completely different from each other, they share a single objective: progress towards a society that can embrace us all in the same way.

If you are someone who is restless, who needs to see a change in the future, volunteering is an experience tailor-made for you.